If you’re a follower of tech news, then you might know that Barnes and Noble recently announced it would no longer be developing the Nook HD itself; instead, it’s seeking help from manufacturing partners to share some of the potential risks. Don’t worry, though! This doesn’t mean that Nooks are completely going away. It just means that Barnes and Noble will be hiring outside developers for their next generation of tablets in order to compete with the Kindle Fire, iPad, and other tablet PCs.
So what does this mean for you, the self-publisher? Luckily, nothing bad yet. Barnes and Noble only recently updated their self-publishing platform Nook Press, so they probably won’t do anything to change the way that they sell eBooks. Even if every Nook disappeared from the shelves tomorrow, it’s still possible to read Nook eBooks on third party phone apps and online readers. And, of course, there are always the SimpleTouch and Glow, which are Barnes and Nobles’ eReader-only platforms that will still be in-house projects.
In fact, this may also mean that more people will have access to the Nook marketplace in the near future, as Barnes and Noble might decide to sell their remaining product at much lower costs than average to clear out their remaining inventory. And if the next tablet they are able to produce does better than their previous tablets, the amount of readers who consume books digitally will only increase — perfect for the eBook self-publisher who wants to increase sales!
What do you think about this new development? Are you sorry to see the Nook HD go? Let us know in the comments!